Lakewood, N.J., September 14, 2018—Commemorate Constitution Day with a fascinating, in-depth look at the history of Guantánamo Bay at Georgian Court University’s historic Lakewood campus. Marny Requa, J.D., GCU associate professor of criminal justice and director of the criminal justice and human rights program, will present “Guantánamo Bay, Military Trials, and Forever Prisoners” on Monday, September 17, at 6:00 p.m. in the McAuley Heritage Center.
“Pick-and-choose patriotism” is how the U.S. government approach to Guantánamo Bay was described by a defense lawyer in the U.S. Military Commissions in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Guantánamo Bay is simultaneously within and outside U.S. legal systems, creating what can be understood as “selective constitutionalism,” with the U.S. Constitution inapplicable in certain respects.
Ms. Requa will cover use of the naval base for military detentions since 2002, the position of detainees, and the few cases tried by the commissions. Legal and political dilemmas related to the military base will be discussed along with potential alternatives for Guantánamo’s “forever prisoners.” The discussion will be moderated by Scott H. Bennett, Ph.D., GCU professor of history and chair of the Department of History and Politics, which is co-presenting the event with the Department of Criminal Justice, Anthropology, Sociology, and Human Rights.
Admission is free and open to the public. Tickets must be reserved in advance and online; no tickets will be issued at the door. To reserve tickets, visit https://georgian.edu/event/constitution-day-commemoration-guantanamo-bay-military-trials-forever-prisoners/.
Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is Central and South Jersey’s only Catholic university. GCU is a comprehensive, coeducational university with a strong liberal arts core and a historic special concern for women. As a forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court expands possibility for nearly 2,400 students of all faiths and backgrounds in 30+ undergraduate majors and 10+ graduate programs. In 2017, GCU was named #39 on Washington Monthly’s list of Best Bang for the Buck schools. GCU has also been recognized by The Economist and Colleges of Distinction and is a Military Friendly® School. The main campus is located in Lakewood, New Jersey, on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court, which is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, also serves students at other locations, such as GCU at Hazlet, and through multiple online certificate and degree programs.